El Monte's city manager was among 30 people arrested in a prostitution sting in Pomona, officials from both cities said Friday.
James Mussenden, 59, has been El Monte city manager since 2006, and City Council members have called an emergency meeting today to discuss putting the Glendora resident on leave, said Councilman Art Barrios.
"I talked to him this morning," Barrios said. "He just mentioned he had a problem."
Councilwoman Emily Ishigaki said she believes that Mussenden will resign and that the council will appoint an interim city manager.
"This has just been a mind-boggling situation," said Ishigaki, who spent time with Mussenden at a government meeting Thursday before the arrest. "I'm stunned. I just can't believe this. I never expected this, never, never, never."
A message left for Mussenden at his home was not returned. According to his biography on the city of El Monte's website, the married grandfather has worked for the city 26 years and is active in the El Monte Kiwanis Club and the Boys & Girls Club of the San Gabriel Valley.